Balancing life between work, school, and church is HARD. Let alone involving that magical thing called sleep. While in college, I was handling my own business, at school full-time (15-18 units), AND had a part-time unpaid internship required by my school to graduate. It was during this point in my life where I learned how I can successfully manage my time wisely. During this time, I was working to get a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing when I really wanted to go to school for Interior Design…so the days just passed by and by. Now, I am going to school for Interior Design and I am working at a Interior Design Firm. What they say…”When you do what you love, you never have to work a day in your life” is very, very true. I find myself waking up excited to go to work, and excited to go to school as if I were going to Disneyland! Ok, not that level of excitement, but you get the point.
Since that crazy hectic time in college, I’ve learned that if I don’t fill my schedule, it WILL get filled by someone or something else. Usually it’s something that I didn’t want to be doing with my life. Often times, I still don’t get home until after 10:30pm, but even after that, I still have a schedule. That schedule is to eat dinner, shower, catch up on some TV shows, and sleep. I get at least 8 hours of sleep every night, and I simply can’t function correctly without it. If my workload is heavy and I stay up, I HAVE to fit in a 30 minute nap the day after.
Also, exercise. I joined the gym a few months ago and it has changed the way I feel day to day. Nothing vigorous as I never exercise and get dizzy after 5 minutes of running. I used to get back strains, shoulder strains, wrist strains…basically everything strained everywhere. Now, I do 1.5 hrs of yoga twice a week and try to fit in 4 sessions. I find that my body starts to crave it if I skip a session. My yoga instructor is 80 years old and has muscles and energy like a 30 year old. #bodygoals #inspiration.
Lastly, my Sundays are strictly off limits for anything other than church and play. Once I began utilizing Sundays the way God meant for it to utilized, I felt that my week became more balanced. When I was younger and in high school, I had Friday night Youth Group as well…and what a time to be alive! I have found that my Sundays have changed throughout the periods of my life. In college, Sunday mornings was church, in the afternoon we’d do something fun with the youth group (like biking down the beach in Santa Monica, or lunch, or grab some boba together), then at night we met for our life group. Now, after college on Sundays, I sleep, do something fun in the afternoon, then I carpool with friends to church, and then fellowship after church with dinner in Downtown LA.
Sundays really evolved into this rejuvenation day for me and it WORKED. I forgot all about work, school, and life’s stresses on Sundays and I begin each Monday with a clear head. There is simply no substitute for taking a true Sabbath.
All in all:
- Do what you love
- Have a schedule and schedule to sleep
- Exercise, even if it’s just stretching
- Take Sunday’s off—find your Sabbath
Angie Santoso is 22 years old currently living in Los Angeles, California and attends Maranatha Mennonite Fellowship. She has a Bachelors degree in Business Marketing, and is now attending UCLA Extension for Interior Design. In her free time, she loves biking down the Santa Monica boardwalk with her puppy pom, Charli.